Kenneth D. Mandl, MD, MPH
Year elected: 2007
Current membership category: Senior
Harvard Medical School
Boston Children's Hospital
150 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02446
United States of America
Phone: 617-355-4145

Biographical statement

Mandl is a pioneer in real time population health monitoring, and has developed methods and tools used internationally for automated disease outbreak detection. He built and runs an advanced, disease surveillance system for Massachusetts. Leveraging data from this system, he developed novel approaches to modeling influenza spread, demonstrating that preschool children are major vectors early in the annual epidemic. This work was pivotal in the recent CDC decision to extend the recommendation for influenza vaccination to include three and four year olds. His work on the impact of air travel on interregional spread of influenza has reopened the debate on the role of flight restrictions in pandemic preparedness. His research became central to the national agenda after September 11th and recently earned him the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Mandl is now working with the FDA, his biosurveillance toolkit to the problem of detecting adverse events associated with drugs and devices in the post-marketing phase. A leader in consumer-focused health informatics, Mandl develops and evaluates technologies in this area. He designed, deployed, and tested the first secure electronic doctor-patient communication tool. He runs the Indivo project--a scalable system for ubiquitous, web-based personally controlled health records.

Institutional affiliations

Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital (Primary)